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Don’t Miss: CAFA’s Anniversary Celebration to Feature Renowned Designer

He’s kind of a big deal, and he’s coming to an event near you.

World-renowned Russian floral designer Roman Steinhauer will headline Canadian Academy of Floral Art’s 25th anniversary celebration this fall.

Save the dates for an onstage demonstration show from 3-7 p.m., Oct. 22, and a hands-on workshop from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 23, in the Floral Hall at Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1P2.

“Floral designers all over should come to network, to connect, and to watch firsthand as designers create these pieces of art and put them on display,” said CAFA President Julie Drago, AIFD, CAFA.

The event, sponsored by CAFA’s founders and local wholesalers, is open to the public. Ticket prices will be announced in August.

You’ll have opportunities to meet the artist, connect with other talented fresh flower designers, learn new tips, and leave inspired.

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You also can support a noble cause. A 50/50 raffle and silent auction of Steinhauer’s work will benefit the Norman Disch Foundation, which funds budding floral designers’ education through Seneca College.

In case you’re wondering what sets Steinhauer apart, the list is lengthy. Last year, he took second place in the Europa Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious floral design competitions; he’s been a featured designer in “International Floral Art” and “Fusion” magazines; he won the Russian Cup of Professional Floristry in 2010 and 2011; and he’s given several presentations at worldwide floral shows and exhibitions of distinction.

“He’s very creative,” Drago said.

“He’s current and he hasn’t really been seen by the North American public.”

On Oct. 22, Steinhauer will spend about two hours demonstrating his style of design and art onstage. A translator will be on hand.

“You can see him create a masterpiece from what seems to be a box of odds and ends,” Drago said. He’ll make roughly 15 to 20 pieces, including hand-tied bouquets, wood or metal armatures, and European-style pieces.

Throughout the demonstration, CAFA board member Inta Taurins, AIFD, CAFA, WFC, will provide commentary. “She’s knowledgeable and entertaining,” Drago said. “She’ll keep people on edge and she’s very good at describing what’s going on.”

Also, attendees vying for some accolades may enter a design competition with monetary prizes and awards. Anyone who buys an event ticket can compete, but contestants must pre-register. Entries will be judged by a group of professionals and winners will be announced at the event.

But that’s not all for day one. “We’ll have some surprises and entertainment as well as other floral designers,” Drago said.

Later that day, CAFA’s student and professional leadership for the coming year will be inducted onstage.

Then, on Oct. 23, Steinhauer will lead a hands-on workshop, where materials, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Participants may take home what they make. There are limited spots available for this portion of the event.

“Learn different techniques and see a different view from another person’s eye,” Drago said. “It’s very exciting.”

To sign up for the design competition and workshop, email [email protected]

Details will be released soon on discounted hotel rates and more on CAFA’s Facebook page.

Kathryn Deen

Kathryn Deen is a freelance writer in Central Florida who works part-time at The Villages Florist Inc., teaches yoga, and runs Stories Remembered, a story-recording business for seniors. She has more than five years professional journalism experience for newspapers and magazines. The Inland Press Association recently recognized her special projects on longevity.


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